When sharp, jolting pain takes away from your quality of life, you may have a common condition known as a bulging disc. At Advanced Pain Management Specialists, experienced pain management physicians Jerome Carter, MD, can address your pain with several nonsurgical solutions. At Baytown, Texas, you can receive in-office treatments, referrals for physical therapy, and other options for relieving chronic pain of a bulging disc. Find out more by calling the office nearest you or by booking an evaluation online.

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What is a bulging disc?

Within your spine are protective cushions, known as discs, which sit between each of your vertebrae. These discs absorb the impact and shock of your movements.

As you age, or because of an injury, these discs can break down, resulting in a bulging, or herniated, disc. Pressure on the disc forces the gel-like center to push outward and press on the nerves in your spine. This causes compression on the nerve, which results in persistent pain, weakness, and mobility issues.

What are my risk factors for a bulging disc?

While many incidents of bulging discs result from natural, age-related degeneration or injury, you may be at increased risk for a bulging disc due to your:

  • Job
  • Weight
  • Family history

You can also put your spine at risk if you practice poor posture or lack quality physical activity.

What are the symptoms of a bulging disc?

One of the most common places for a bulging disc to develop is in the lower back. As a result, you may experience a variety of symptoms that affect the immediate area or radiate down into your legs. When a bulging disc hits a nerve in your cervical spine, or neck region, your pain may radiate down into your arms.

These symptoms include:

  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Weakness

Pain is also a common symptom of a bulging disc. Many people feel an electrical shock-type pain when they twist their back or move suddenly.

If left untreated, a bulging disc can lead to chronic, debilitating pain, loss of bladder or bowel control, and a loss of sensation in the affected area.

Do I need surgery for a bulging disc?

Many people can address the pain and dysfunction of a bulging disc without surgery. Dr. Carter creates a treatment plan, focusing on nonsurgical solutions to provide you with long-term pain relief.

Treatments for a bulging disc include:

  • Medications
  • Nerve blocks
  • Physical therapy
  • Heat and ice therapy
  • Epidural steroid injections

Maintaining a healthy weight can also reduce pressure on the nerves that cause your pain. Dr. Carter can recommend additional resources, such as at-home exercises, to keep your spine flexible and in good health.

If you’re looking for solutions to bulging disc pain, call the office nearest you today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.